- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline (11 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755329163
- ISBN-13: 978-0755329168
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.4 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 911,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fatal Last Words (Bob Skinner series, Book 19): A gritty crime novel of celebrity and murder (Skinner 19) Paperback – 11 Jun 2009
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"Jardine excels at coordinating the multiple crimes crucial to a police procedural and setting his coppers against the clock." "Kirkus Reviews"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A thrilling mystery in the Bob Skinner series by Scotland's Crime MasterSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
We all know that Bob Skinner is a pastiche of a super-hero. He golfs excellently despite playing irregularly; he is the star of his football team; he's a crackshot with the guns; he has incredible insight; is (naturally) an unblemished detective and is a superlative lover.
Even though we're prepared to accept all that, the plot, the relationships and the dialogue all become quite hard to bear.
The conversations are stilted. EVERY character has exactly the same speech mannerisms.
Many take 10 sentences to relate what would (by real people) be said in two. A lot of it is clumsy scene-setting where Jardine uses the characters to fill newcoming readers in on the back history. It's a device he's used in the past but it's now starting to really grate. If, in real life, a friend or colleague were to describe to me, in great detail, an event which I'd be involved in, I would quickly tire of it.
Lastly in my rant of disappointment: who, nowadays, uses the word "for" when they mean "because"?? (Apart from every character in a Quintin Jardine novel, of course!!)
Jardine still persists in using this awful device of having the characters speak to the reader instead of to each other. So much of the dialogue involves one character telling another things that he already knows, as a way of reminding the reader what happened in previous narratives.
This is quite the worst Skinner novel yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He did it again, the author that is. Where he got his ideas and thoughts from for this series of books was pure genius. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. Bernard Brookes
I have read every Skinner book. I really enjoyed them at the start but lately Jardine has introduced more bad language and increasing sex. Totally unnecessary for a good read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mrs. S. MacLean
I'm still reading this and finding it very exciting and very hard to put down. A new chapter is dawning in Bob's life.Published 24 months ago by Mr. R. D. Crick